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AKVINTA® VODKA WINS COVETED MEDALS AT THE 2009 VODKA MASTERS

The First Mediterranean Luxury Vodka is awarded double gold.

Akvinta Vodka will be awarded double gold at the Vodka Masters presentation in Cannes later today.

John Jeffrey, the UK Brand Director and Catharine Thomas, International Director for Travel and Luxury Retail, will be presented with the two gold medals. Both are 'Thrilled' and 'Very proud' to receive '..such special recognition for a Brand they have nurtured and grown into one of the top 5 Super Premium Vodka brands in the UK only 2 years since its launch'

Patience Gould, editor of The Spirits Business, along with a panel of leading spirits and ontrade specialists judged over 100 different Vodkas based on a number of categories, including region, flavor, design and packaging. All the tastings were conducted blind, and a very strict criteria of excellence applied.

Akvinta Vodka receives a gold medal in the Super Premium category, as well as a Gold medal for design and packaging.

This latest triumph for Akvinta Vodka, follows on from its recent USDA Organic certification, another quality mark that allows the Mediterranean Vodka to have even greater stand out from its competitors. Other recent successes have included the launch of Akvinta into the American market, as well as key listings with the Jeroboams Group and several high end bars and clubs.

Mr Pavel Ryabov, CEO of Akvinta Vodka said:
'To receive two golds in a category that has many players is an exceptional achievement. Our peers have reaffirmed and effectively rubber stamped our belief that we are working with a drink that not only delivers in terms of looks, but also taste and brand experience. We look forward to taking Akvinta to new heights for the remainder of this year, and on into 2010.'

Notes to Editors
Akvinta, The First Mediterranean Luxury Vodka, is lovingly made in Imotski, Croatia in the foothills of the Dinaric Alps, from Organic Italian Wheat Spirit and Dalmatian Spring Water.

Dalmatia, as well as being a beautiful holiday destination, is one of the last ecologically unspoiled places in Europe. The purity of the air and the water in this area combined with a technically advanced unique 5 stage filtration process through Charcoal, Marble, Silver, Gold and Platinum all contribute to making a truly outstanding vodka.

Akvinta has a light lemon nose, appealing sweetness, luxurious round mouth-feel and a gloriously smooth finish. Delightfully moreish when drunk neat or over ice, its round, luxurious structure adds quality to Cocktails and makes a first class Vodka Martini. It has organic certification from both Europe and the United States, and is also under Kosher supervision.

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